Known as ‘Scenic City’ or ‘Gig City’, Chattanooga is Tennessee’s fastest-growing city and one of the top places to live in Tennessee due to its wide array of outdoor activities, start-up-friendly culture, and employment options. The largest 6 industries in Chattanooga employ over 190,000 people in the Government, Manufacturing, Education & Health Services, Professional & Business Services, Leisure & Hospitality, and Retail & Trade sectors. Recognizable companies such as BlueCross BlueShield, Volkswagen, Unum, and Amazon contribute significantly to the area’s economy. Erlanger Health System, CHI Memorial, and Parkridge Medical Center anchor the region’s healthcare sector, offering over 1,700 hospital beds. UT Chattanooga, the city’s largest university, has an enrollment of 11,432 students.
Chattanooga has earned a reputation for being one of the country’s best outdoor cities and features over 50,000 acres of canyons, caves, mountains, streams, and rivers in seven state parks. There are also over 50 trailheads within 30 minutes of downtown in addition to ample rock climbing and caving opportunities. Chattanoota’s Riverfront area highlights a beautiful downtown, which is home to the Tennessee Aquarium, one of the country’s best aquariums.